is gospel music finally emerging from the shadows?
For quite some time, gospel music in Uganda was seemingly ‘sidelined’ by Uganda’s entertainment industry.
For many years gospel artists have worked tirelessly with the hope of gaining deserved acknowledgement by music lovers to no avail. Albums after albums have been produced year in year out and several concerts held, but for some reason, gospel music remained quite unappealing to many.
It’s only a few artists like Bugembe Wilson and Judith Babirye who time and again have managed to cross over boundaries and attract the secular world as well.
Of recently though, it appears the time for their hard work is paying off and slowly these artists are coming out of the shadow cast on them by secular music. Gospel music has started being well received by almost everyone with some hits becoming chart toppers and the artists are now having sold out concerts like Judith Babirye’s Mama concert; Exodus’ and the like. To top up the year, the gospel fraternity also held their wellorganised 2nd annual Olive Awards that proved how serious these artists have become and to all nay sayers, that gospel music is taking its rightful position in Uganda’s music industry. The gospel music star has finally risen.